Apple iPad Pro 2018 to have TrueDepth Camera module supporting the Face ID feature

Apple iPad Pro models is set to be released in 2018 speculated to be equipped with a TrueDepth Camera and will also support Face ID according to the KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated to its investors. According to a report in MacRumors, Kuo believes that the TrueDepth camera module which is an addition to the iPad Pro has been added to have a "consistent user experience with the iPhone X" and "boost competitiveness". With all high-end iOS devices equipped with TrueDepth Cameras, it is supposed that the ecosystem development will also be benefitted.

The analyst predicts that more Android smartphone makers also start researching on facial recognition technology in devices and ditch fingerprint sensors underneath the display. Based on his predictions, it could take Android smartphone makers around 2.5 years to catch up with Apple, if we talk about facial recognition technology.

Apple introduced facial recognition or Face ID technology with iPhone X on November 3. It takes advantage of iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera module on the front camera system that is made of a dot projector, infrared camera, and flood illuminator. Notably, the Face ID feature can project more than 30,000 invisible IR dots on the user’s face to create a dot pattern, used to create a mathematical model of the face, which can be later used to unlock the iPhone X or even make payments.

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“We predict iOS devices to be equipped with TrueDepth Camera in 2018F will include iPhone X and 2018 new iPhone and iPad models. Because of this, we believe more developers will pay attention to TrueDepth Camera/ facial recognition related applications. We expect Apple’s (US) major promotion of facial recognition related applications will encourage the Android camp to also dedicate more resources to developing hardware and facial recognition applications,” reads Kuo’s note.

Alongside the iPhone X, Apple also unveiled iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which are successors to iPhone 7. However, Face ID feature is limited to iPhone X which is Apple’s tenth-anniversary edition phone. The Cupertino technology giant says that Face ID is more accurate and secure than Touch ID.

Apple iPhone X will be available from on November 3. In India, pre-orders for the iPhone X will open on 27th October. The iPhone X 64GB variant is priced at Rs.89,000 for 64GB, Whereas the 256GB Variant is priced at Rs 102,000.

Apple’s current iPad Pro models use Touch ID as the method for authentication. The company, at its annual developer conference in June, announced a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and refreshed its 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 50,800 in India for the 64GB variant, while 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 64GB storage comes at Rs 63,500.

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